Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

February 2, 1998 Monday


BYLINE: Tom Majeski, Staff Writer


LENGTH: 302 words

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice has ordered a St. Paul physician to surrender his medical license permanently and pay a $7,500 fine for inappropriately treating several patients.
In other action announced today, the board indefinitely suspended the license of an Edina psychiatrist and restricted the license of a Richfield ophthalmologist.
The St. Paul physician, Dr. O. Guy Johnson, 69, was disciplined for unprofessional and unethical conduct, improper management of medical records and prescribing a drug for other than medically accepted purposes.
According to board records, Johnson has retired and no longer wants to practice medicine in Minnesota.
The Edina psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen M. Greenwald, 64, has a history of chemical dependency and was diagnosed with a bipolar mood disorder. Previous board orders require that he practice only in group settings, not practice in his home and first obtain approval from the board’s complaint review committee before he treats a patient.
According to the board, Greenwald violated the order when he performed a worker’s compensation evaluation on a patient in the doctor’s home.
Greenwald can petition the board for reinstatement after he submits evidence that he is able to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients, the board said.
The Richfield ophthalmologist, Dr. Paul N. Trites, 44, had his license restricted for violating a rule of the board, unprofessional and unethical conduct, improper management of medical records and failure to cooperate with the board’s investigation.
Trites was ordered to complete successfully a course in medical records management within six months, contract with a board-approved ophthalmologist to perform an assessment of his practice and pay a $5,000 fine.